Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV
Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV
Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Pros: Good passenger and cargo room for a subcompact SUV; generous list of available safety and technology features; fuel economy

Cons: Some so-so interior materials; base engine lacks power

CG Says: The Chevrolet Trailblazer was all new for 2021 and receives mild updates for the 2022 model year. Roof rails, a trailering package and a heated steering wheel are new options, and satellite radio and electronic climate control are now standard across all trims. Chevrolet also dropped the base L trim from the 2022 Trailblazer lineup. This subcompact crossover SUV slots in between the subcompact Trax and compact Equinox in Chevrolet’s SUV roster. It shares its basic platform with the more-upscale Buick Encore GX, though the Trailblazer is a bit longer in both wheelbase and overall length. The Trailblazer measures 173.5 inches long overall—about 10 inches shorter than the Equinox and six inches longer than the Trax. The Trailblazer model lineup ascends through LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS trim levels. The ACTIV is an off-road-oriented model with higher ground clearance, a skid plate, off-road suspension, and sport terrain tires. Two turbocharged 3-cylinder engines are available—the base 137-horsepower 1.2-liter is paired with a CVT automatic transmission and is only offered with front-wheel drive; the 155-horsepower 1.3-liter gets a CVT in front-wheel-drive applications or a 9-speed automatic with all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. The Trailblazer packs good passenger and cargo room into a small package, and offers respectable fuel economy and spunky, expressive styling to boot. The 1.3-liter engine provides decent power in around-town driving, and the ride quality is also respectable for the class. Both size-wise and price-wise, the Trailblazer straddles the line between the subcompact SUV class and the compact SUV class, and that along with its competent execution will make it a “just right” fit for some small crossover buyers.

The Facts
ClassSubcompact SUV
Body Style(s)4-door wagon
Passenger Count5
Drive Wheelsfront-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Nation of ManufactureSouth Korea
Base PricesLS: $22,795
AWD LS: $24,795
LT: $25,390
AWD LT: $26,995
ACTIV: $26,895
AWD ACTIV: $28,395
RS: $26,895
AWD RS: $28,395

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.3-liter 3-cylinder
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Chevrolet Trailblazer
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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